The morning after my high-school graduation found me up early job hunting. The dream of college I put on the back burner.
Good and bad - this is the story of my life.
A large family makes you accept sharing your parents.
After years of making wrong decisions in my life, in 1977 I found out that it was all right to be square, simple, and sober.
Going on with life, it only gets more and more intense as time goes by - and the challenges only multiply.
I was stranded in Disco. I went to dozens of darkened places with enough flashing lights to drive the average person mad. I felt lost in the pulse of sheer panic.
I went from elementary school to proper training, operatic training, and I went on to the Motown University and learned a lot of things from some wonderful people.
Disco music in the '70s was just a call to go wild and party and dance with no thought or conscience or regard for tomorrow.
You can't very well live in a castle while your kin is on the poor side of town and barely have enough food. Some want you to get to the top and rely on you making it for them, too.
Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back?
I worshipped Berry Gordy for the creative dreams he had made come true.
If you stick around long enough, people start referring to you as a survivor. Suddenly I found myself on the receiving end of several prestigious awards.
I pray for miracles. I have always found prayer to bring quick results.
I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary mundane obligations of life.
Berry Gordy turned his house into a studio and discovered over 30 acts in the city. And we're famous all over the world.
A song has to become as much a part of you as a tailored suit.
Most performers spend half their earnings taking care of family members.
Lead singers not only do the majority of the work, but their personalities are singled out and taken as the general attitude of the unit.
Divas need their furs!
Detroit is full of talent.
I don't worry about being in a hurry anymore, because my faith in God will always deliver me on time.
God uses singers in a mighty way, and I am grateful.
There are times in show business when you work so much you think you will pop your cork, and then suddenly you can't find any work.
I still marvel at how God turns dreams into reality.
I will always dance in the street.
The world I was born into was one filled with music.